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Council reaffirms commitment to Chester Northgate

19 May 2020

Cheshire West and Chester Council has reaffirmed its commitment to Chester Northgate as a critical part of economic recovery following the Covid pandemic.

As we enter a challenging time with big implications for the city and the borough, investment will be critical in sustaining the economy and creating the conditions for long-term prosperity. Councillors yesterday (Wednesday 13 May) agreed to proceed with the project, which will now begin later this month.

Working with contractor Vinci Construction, the first phase the £70m development will become a catalyst for future economic and tourism growth in the borough.

Part of Chester’s One City Plan, Chester Northgate is a new cultural and leisure destination at the heart of the city, which includes:

- a new market
- a six screen Picturehouse cinema
- cafes, bars and restaurants
- co-working space
- multi-storey car park
- a new public square.

Despite the current challenges, agreement has been reached which will allow the project to progress, whilst managing risks and following government guidance on social distancing and construction site working.

Work on the main construction phase is expected to start later in May, including the building of a new city centre drainage tunnel. The scheme is currently expected to open in early 2022, subject to any potential delays as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

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